List of colleges and universities in Virginia

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This is a list of colleges and universities in the U.S. state of Virginia. The oldest college or university in Virginia is The College of William and Mary, founded in 1693. In 2010, the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine became the newest. The largest institution is Liberty University, with over 56,000 students. The smallest is the graduate-only Institute for the Psychological Sciences.

The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia defines four categories of degree-granting institutions of postsecondary education: public institutions,[1] established private institutions in good standing with a nationally recognized accrediting organization,[2] private and out-of-state institutions requiring certification[3][4] and institutions exempt from state oversight for religious reasons.[5] Also exempt from certification are vocational institutions supervised by other state agencies, and institutions supervised by the federal government. All public institutions and most traditional private institutions are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Most other state-certified private non-religious institutions are accredited by a national organization, though some do not have any accreditation. Most small religious institutions do not have accreditation.

Public and established private institutions[edit]

SchoolLocation(s)[6]ControlType[7]AccreditationFoundedEnrollment[8]
Appalachian School of LawGrundyPublicSpecial focusABA1994313
Averett University[9]DanvillePrivateMaster's universitySACS18592761
Bluefield CollegeBluefieldPrivate
(Baptist)
Baccalaureate collegeSACS1922696
Blue Ridge Community CollegeWeyers CavePublicAssociate's collegeSACS19674983
Bridgewater CollegeBridgewaterPrivate
(Brethren)
Baccalaureate collegeSACS18801688
Central Virginia Community CollegeLynchburgPublicAssociate's collegeSACS19665466
Christendom CollegeFront RoyalPrivate
(Catholic)
UncategorizedSACS1977456
Christopher Newport UniversityNewport NewsPublicMaster's universitySACS19604916
College of William and MaryWilliamsburgPublicResearch universitySACS16938000
Dabney S. Lancaster Community CollegeClifton ForgePublicAssociate's collegeSACS19641531
Danville Community CollegeDanvillePublicAssociate's collegeSACS19364534
Eastern Mennonite UniversityHarrisonburgPrivate
(Mennonite)
Baccalaureate collegeSACS19171537
Eastern Shore Community CollegeMelfaPublicAssociate's collegeSACS19711052
Eastern Virginia Medical SchoolNorfolkPublic / PrivateSpecial focusSACS1973790
ECPI UniversityMultiple[10]PrivateBaccalaureate collegeSACS196612,764
Emory and Henry CollegeEmoryPrivate
(Methodist)
Baccalaureate collegeSACS1836980
Ferrum CollegeFerrumPrivate
(Methodist)
Baccalaureate collegeSACS19191484
George Mason UniversityFairfaxPublicResearch universitySACS195732,562
George Washington UniversityMultiple[10]PrivateResearch universityMSCHE1821Unknown
Germanna Community CollegeLocust GrovePublicAssociate's collegeSACS19707582
Hampden-Sydney CollegeHampden SydneyPrivateBaccalaureate collegeSACS17751058
Hampton UniversityHamptonPrivateMaster's universitySACS18685254
Hollins UniversityRoanokePrivateBaccalaureate collegeSACS18421024
Institute for the Psychological SciencesArlingtonPrivate
(Catholic)
Special focusSACS199773
J. Sargeant Reynolds Community CollegeRichmondPublicAssociate's collegeSACS197212,629
James Madison UniversityHarrisonburgPublicMaster's universitySACS190818,971
Jefferson College of Health SciencesRoanokePrivateSpecial focusSACS19821032
John Tyler Community CollegeChesterPublicAssociate's collegeSACS196710,518
Liberty UniversityLynchburgPrivate
(Baptist)
Master's universitySACS197156,625
Longwood UniversityFarmvillePublicMaster's universitySACS18394831
Lord Fairfax Community CollegeMiddletownPublicAssociate's collegeSACS19707005
Lynchburg CollegeLynchburgPrivate
(Disciples)
Master's universitySACS19032643
Marine Corps University[11]QuanticoPublicUncategorizedSACS1989Unknown
Mary Baldwin CollegeStauntonPrivateMaster's universitySACS18421849
Marymount UniversityArlingtonPrivate
(Catholic)
Master's universitySACS19503572
Mountain Empire Community CollegeBig Stone GapPublicAssociate's collegeSACS19723404
National CollegeMultiple[10]PrivateAssociate's collegeACICS18862976
New River Community CollegeDublinPublicAssociate's collegeSACS19595178
Norfolk State UniversityNorfolkPublicMaster's universitySACS19356964
Northern Virginia Community CollegeAnnandalePublicAssociate's collegeSACS196448,996
Old Dominion UniversityNorfolkPublicResearch universitySACS193024,466
Patrick Henry Community CollegeMartinsvillePublicAssociate's collegeSACS19623289
Paul D. Camp Community CollegeFranklinPublicAssociate's collegeSACS19701656
Piedmont Virginia Community CollegeCharlottesvillePublicAssociate's collegeSACS19725551
Radford UniversityRadfordPublicMaster's universitySACS19109007
Randolph-Macon CollegeAshlandPrivateBaccalaureate collegeSACS18301222
Randolph CollegeLynchburgPrivateBaccalaureate collegeSACS1891524
Rappahannock Community CollegeGlennsPublicAssociate's collegeSACS19693757
Regent UniversityVirginia BeachPrivate
(Christian)
Doctoral UniversitiesSACS19785217
Richard Bland CollegePetersburgPublicAssociate's collegeSACS19601587
Roanoke CollegeSalemPrivate
(Lutheran)
Baccalaureate collegeSACS18422104
Shenandoah UniversityWinchesterPrivate
(Methodist)
Master's universitySACS18753679
Southside Virginia Community CollegeAlbertaPublicAssociate's collegeSACS19706353
Southwest Virginia Community CollegeRichlandsPublicAssociate's collegeSACS19683755
Stratford UniversityMultiple[10]PrivateMaster's universityACICS19761385
Sweet Briar CollegeSweet BriarPrivateBaccalaureate collegeSACS1901760
Thomas Nelson Community CollegeHamptonPublicAssociate's collegeSACS196811,086
Tidewater Community CollegeNorfolkPublicAssociate's collegeSACS196831,808
Union Presbyterian SeminaryRichmondPrivate
(Presbyterian)
Special focusATS1896273
University of Management and TechnologyArlingtonPrivateBaccalaureate collegeDETC1998Unknown
University of Mary WashingtonFredericksburgPublicMaster's universitySACS19085203
University of RichmondRichmondPrivateBaccalaureate collegeSACS18304405
University of VirginiaCharlottesvillePublicResearch universitySACS181924,391
University of Virginia's College at WiseWisePublicBaccalaureate collegeSACS19541990
Virginia Commonwealth UniversityRichmondPublicResearch universitySACS183832,027
Virginia Highlands Community CollegeAbingdonPublicAssociate's collegeSACS19692948
Virginia Intermont CollegeBristolPrivate
(Baptist)
Baccalaureate collegeSACS1884586
Virginia Military InstituteLexingtonPublicBaccalaureate collegeSACS18391569
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech)BlacksburgPublicResearch universitySACS187231,006
Virginia–Maryland Regional College of Veterinary MedicineBlacksburgPublicUncategorizedSACS1978Unknown
Virginia State UniversityPetersburgPublicMaster's universitySACS18825634
Virginia Union UniversityRichmondPrivate
(Baptist)
Baccalaureate collegeSACS18651667
Virginia Wesleyan CollegeNorfolkPrivate
(Methodist)
Baccalaureate collegeSACS19611279
Virginia Western Community CollegeRoanokePublicAssociate's collegeSACS19668778
Washington and Lee UniversityLexingtonPrivateBaccalaureate collegeSACS17492173
Wytheville Community CollegeWythevillePublicAssociate's collegeSACS19634068

Private and out-of-state institutions[edit]

SchoolLocation(s)[6]ControlType[7]AccreditationFoundedEnrollment[8]
ACT CollegeArlingtonPrivateUncategorizedABHES1983401
Advanced Institute of Technology[12]Virginia BeachPrivateUncategorizedACCSCUnknown1040
American College of Commerce and Technology[13]Falls ChurchPrivateUncategorizednone2010100
American Digital University[14]SterlingPrivateUncategorizednoneUnknownUnknown
American Public University SystemManassas[15]PrivateMaster's universityHLCUnknownUnknown
Appalachian College of PharmacyOakwoodPrivateSpecial focusACPE[16]2003207
Argosy UniversityArlingtonPrivateSpecial focusHLCUnknown1277
The Art Institutes[17]Multiple[10]PrivateUncategorizedSACSUnknown2660
Aviation Institute of Maintenance[18][17]Multiple[10]PrivateAssociate's collegeACCSCUnknown509
Bethel College[19]HamptonPrivateUncategorizednoneUnknown76
Bon Secours Memorial College of Nursing[20]RichmondPrivateUncategorizednoneUnknownUnknown
Boston University Metropolitan CollegeArlingtonPrivate
(Methodist)
Research universityNEASCUnknownUnknown
Bryant & Stratton College[17]Multiple[10]PrivateBaccalaureate collegeMSCHE18541852
California University of Management and Sciences, VirginiaFalls ChurchPrivateUncategorizedACICSUnknownUnknown
Cambridge CollegeChesapeakePrivateMaster's universityNEASCUnknownUnknown
Catholic Distance UniversityHamiltonPrivate
(Catholic)
UncategorizedDETC1983Unknown
Catholic University of AmericaArlingtonPrivate
(Catholic)
Research universityMSCHEUnknownUnknown
Central Michigan UniversityMultiple[10]PublicResearch universityHLCUnknownUnknown
Central Texas CollegeFort LeePublicAssociate's collegeSACSUnknownUnknown
Centura College[21][17]Multiple[10]PrivateCareer CollegeACCSCUnknown1927
Chamberlain College of NursingArlingtonPrivateSpecial focusHLC1889Unknown
Columbia College[22]FairfaxPrivateAssociate's collegeCOE1999310
DeVry UniversityMultiple[10]PrivateMaster's universityHLCUnknown1868
Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic MedicineBlacksburgPrivateSpecial focusCOCA2002759
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical UniversityNorfolkPrivateMaster's universitySACSUnknownUnknown
Everest College[17]Multiple[10]PrivateAssociate's collegeACICSUnknown2251
Florida Institute of TechnologyMultiple[10]PrivateUncategorizedSACSUnknownUnknown
Fortis College[17]Multiple[10]PrivateAssociate's collegeACICSUnknown942
Geneva CollegeFalls ChurchPrivate
(Presbyterian)
Baccalaureate collegeMSCHEUnknownUnknown
Georgetown UniversityArlingtonPrivateResearch universityMSCHEUnknownUnknown
Global Health College[23]AlexandriaPrivateAssociate's collegenoneUnknown276
Heritage InstituteManassasPrivateAssociate's collegeABHESUnknownUnknown
HyperLearning Technologies, Inc.[24]Virginia BeachPrivateUncategorizednoneUnknownUnknown
iGlobal University[25]AnnandalePrivateUncategorizedACICSUnknown
International College of Naturopathic MedicineAnnandalePrivateUncategorizednoneUnknownUnknown
International College of Washington[26]AnnandalePrivateUncategorizednoneUnknownUnknown
ITT Technical Institute[17]Multiple[10]PrivateBaccalaureate collegeACICSUnknown3967
Johns Hopkins UniversityArlingtonPrivateResearch universityMSCHEUnknownUnknown
Kaplan CollegeChesapeakePrivateAssociate's collegeACICSUnknownUnknown
Kings Park University School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine[27]Cedar BluffPrivateUncategorizednoneUnknownUnknown
Life Pacific CollegeChristiansburgPrivate
(Pentecostal)
Special focusWASC-ACCJCUnknownUnknown
Lindsey Wilson College School of Professional CounselingRichlandsPrivate
(Methodist)
UncategorizedSACSUnknownUnknown
Medtech InstituteFalls ChurchPrivateUncategorizedCOEUnknownUnknown
Mercyhurst CollegeMcLeanPrivate
(Catholic)
Master's universityMSCHEUnknownUnknown
Miller-Motte Technical CollegeLynchburgPrivateAssociate's collegeACICSUnknown464
Missouri State UniversityFairfaxPublicMaster's universityHLCUnknownUnknown
The National Graduate School[28]ArlingtonPrivateUncategorizedNEASCUnknownUnknown
National Massage Therapy Institute[29]Falls ChurchPrivateUncategorizedABHESUnknownUnknown
Nova Southeastern UniversityRoanokePrivateResearch universitySACSUnknownUnknown
Park UniversityMultiple[10]PrivateMaster's universityHLCUnknownUnknown
Patrick Henry College[30]PurcellvillePrivate
(Christian)
Baccalaureate collegeTRACS2000325
Potomac CollegeHerndonPrivateBaccalaureate collegeMSCHEUnknown40
Reformed Theological SeminaryMcLeanPrivate
(Christian)
UncategorizedATSUnknownUnknown
Regis UniversityOnline-onlyPrivate
(Catholic)
UncategorizedHLCUnknownUnknown
Richmond School of Health and Technology[31]Multiple[10]PrivateAssociate's collegeCOE1997559
Saint Leo UniversityMultiple[10]Private
(Catholic)
Master's universitySACSUnknownUnknown
Saint Michael College of Allied Health[32]AlexandriaPrivateUncategorizednoneUnknownUnknown
Sanford-Brown CollegeViennaPrivateBaccalaureate collegeACICSUnknown744
Sentara College of Health SciencesChesapeakePrivateUncategorizedACICSUnknownUnknown
Skyline College[17]RoanokePrivateAssociate's collegeACCSCUnknown355
South Baylo University[33]AnnandalePrivateUncategorizednoneUnknownUnknown
South University[17]Multiple[10]PrivateBaccalaureate collegeSACSUnknown536
Southeast Culinary & Hospitality College[34]BristolPrivateAssociate's collegeCOEUnknown98
Southern Illinois University CarbondaleVirginia BeachPublicResearch universityHLCUnknownUnknown
Southern Virginia UniversityBuena VistaPrivate
Baccalaureate collegeAALE[35]1867777
Southside Regional Medical Center Professional Schools[36]PetersburgPrivateUncategorizedJRCERTUnknownUnknown
Strayer UniversityMultiple[10]PrivateMaster's universityMSCHEUnknown12,918
Troy UniversityNorfolkPublicMaster's universitySACSUnknownUnknown
University of FairfaxViennaPrivateUncategorizedDETC2002Unknown
University of Maryland University CollegeFort BelvoirPublicResearch universityMSCHEUnknownUnknown
University of North America[37]ViennaPrivateUncategorizednoneUnknownUnknown
University of North Carolina at Chapel HillLeesburgPublicResearch universitySACSUnknownUnknown
University of Northern VirginiaAnnandalePrivateUncategorizednone[38]1998Unknown
The University of OklahomaArlingtonPublicUncategorizedHLCUnknownUnknown
University of PhoenixMultiple[10]PrivateSpecial focusHLCUnknown1172
Valley Forge Christian CollegeWoodbridgePrivate
(Assemblies)
Baccalaureate collegeMSCHEUnknownUnknown
Virginia College[39]RichmondPrivateUncategorizedACICSUnknownUnknown
Virginia International UniversityFairfaxPrivateUncategorizedACICS1998586
Virginia School of Massage[40]CharlottesvillePrivateUncategorizedACCSCUnknownUnknown
Virginia School of Nursing & Medical Institute[41]SpringfieldPrivateUncategorizednoneUnknownUnknown
Virginia Tech Carilion School of MedicineRoanokePublicUncategorizednone2010Unknown
Virginia University of LynchburgLynchburgPrivateSpecial focusTRACS1886555
Virginia University of Oriental Medicine[42]FairfaxPrivateUncategorizednoneUnknownUnknown
Walden UniversityOnline-onlyPrivateUncategorizedHLCUnknownUnknown
Washington Baptist University[43]AnnandalePrivate
(Baptist)
UncategorizednoneUnknownUnknown
Webster UniversityFort BelvoirPrivateUncategorizedHLCUnknownUnknown
Westwood College Of Technology[17]Multiple[10]PrivateBaccalaureate / Associate's collegeACICS19531043
World CollegeVirginia BeachPrivateUncategorizedDETC1992Unknown
William Samson University[44]AlexandriaPrivateDoctoral universityNone2012Unknown

Primarily religious institutions[edit]

SchoolLocation(s)[6]ControlType[7]AccreditationFoundedEnrollment[8]
Baptist Theological Seminary at RichmondRichmondPrivateSpecial focusnone1991Unknown
Washington Bible College and Capital Bible Seminary (Springfield Extension)SpringfieldPrivateUncategorizednone1958Unknown
Cordoba UniversityAshburnPrivate
(Islamic)
UncategorizednoneUnknownUnknown
Hartland CollegeRapidanPrivateUncategorizednone1983Unknown
John Leland Center for Theological StudiesFalls ChurchPrivateUncategorizednone1998Unknown
Virginia Theological SeminaryAlexandriaPrivateUncategorizednone1818Unknown
William Samson University[44]AlexandriaPrivateDoctoral universityNone2012Unknown

Defunct institutions[edit]

See also[edit]

References and notes[edit]

General
Specific
  1. ^ State Council of Higher Education for Virginia. "Public Colleges & Universities Authorized to Operate in Virginia". Retrieved 2011-10-05. 
  2. ^ State Council of Higher Education for Virginia. "Private Institutions exempt from certification". Retrieved 2011-10-05. 
  3. ^ State Council of Higher Education for Virginia. "Explanation of Certification". Retrieved 2011-10-05. 
  4. ^ State Council of Higher Education for Virginia. "Private & Out-of-State Colleges & Universities Certified to Operate in Virginia". Retrieved 2011-10-05. 
  5. ^ State Council of Higher Education for Virginia. "Private Institutions that Confer Religious Degrees". Retrieved 2011-10-05. 
  6. ^ a b c Primary campus for Virginia-based institutions.
  7. ^ a b c School types are based on the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. "Uncategorized" indicates they are not listed by Carnegie.
  8. ^ a b c Enrollment as of 2009; data is from IPEDS unless otherwise noted.
  9. ^ Averett University's non-traditional programs are listed separately in IPEDS; enrollment numbers are combined here.
  10. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u SCHEV lists multiple locations.
  11. ^ Not supervised by SCHEV. [1]
  12. ^ "Advanced Technology Institute". Auto.edu. Retrieved 2012-10-16. 
  13. ^ "ACCT: American College of Commerce and Technology". Acct2day.org. 2011-01-17. Retrieved 2012-10-16. 
  14. ^ "ACCT: American College of Commerce and Technology". Acct2day.org. 2011-01-17. Retrieved 2012-10-16. 
  15. ^ APUS is an online university. The Manassas office is administrative.
  16. ^ SACS accreditation is being sought; see article.
  17. ^ a b c d e f g h i j IPEDS lists multiple locations in Virginia; enrollment numbers are combined here.
  18. ^ "Aviation Institute Of Maintenance". Aviationmaintenance.edu. Retrieved 2012-10-16. 
  19. ^ "Home". Bethel-college.com. Retrieved 2012-10-16. 
  20. ^ "Bon Secours Memorial College of Nursing". Bsmcon.edu. 2012-09-25. Retrieved 2012-10-16. 
  21. ^ "Centura College Career School". Centuracollege.edu. Retrieved 2012-10-16. 
  22. ^ "Columbia College Washington D.C". Ccdc.edu. Retrieved 2012-10-16. 
  23. ^ "Welcome to Global Health College! - Global Health College | Global Health College". Ghnts.com. Retrieved 2012-10-16. 
  24. ^ "Computer training and certification center in Virginia Beach - Hyperlearning Technologies". Hyperlearn.com. Retrieved 2012-10-16. 
  25. ^ "iGlobal University". iGlobal University. Retrieved 2012-10-16. 
  26. ^ "International College of Washington". Intcw.com. Retrieved 2012-10-16. 
  27. ^ "Kings Park University | School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine". Kpu.us. Retrieved 2012-10-16. 
  28. ^ "NGS | The National Graduate School of Quality Management | National Graduate School". Ngs.edu. Retrieved 2012-10-16. 
  29. ^ "Massage Therapy Training | School of Massage Therapy | NMTI". Studymassage.com. 2012-05-21. Retrieved 2012-10-16. 
  30. ^ "Patrick Henry College Essentials". Retrieved 2011-10-05. 
  31. ^ "Home". Rsht.edu. Retrieved 2012-10-16. 
  32. ^ "index". Stmichaelcollegeva.us. Retrieved 2012-10-16. 
  33. ^ http://www.southbaylo.edu/
  34. ^ "Southeast Culinary & Hospitality College". Southeastculinary.edu. Retrieved 2012-10-16. 
  35. ^ SCHEV lists the school as "non-accredited."
  36. ^ "srmconline.org". srmconline.org. Retrieved 2012-10-16. 
  37. ^ "University of North America". Uona.us. Retrieved 2012-10-16. 
  38. ^ SCHEV has issued a warning about this school. [2]
  39. ^ "Associate Degree, College Degrees - Virginia College". Vc.edu. Retrieved 2012-10-16. 
  40. ^ http://www.vasom.com/
  41. ^ http://www.vsnmi.com/
  42. ^ http://www.vuom.org/
  43. ^ http://www.wbcs.edu/
  44. ^ a b "William Samson University". Retrieved 2012-01-17.  | url = http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Samson_University